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Healthy KidsIf the current trend of overeating among children is not stopped, then it may be one of the primary-cause of preventable deaths.
Tips For Kids Parents should induce healthy eating habits at home and restaurants.
Children who eat junk foods all the time can develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies. These kids should be given multivitamin/mineral supplement daily.
- Keep healthy snacks at home like fruits, vegetables, whole-grain bread and peanut butter instead of refined sugar and refined flour goodies.
- Drink water instead of soft drinks.
- Let the child eat according to its appetite, never force-feed.
- Eat slowly as it will prevent overeating.
- Never use food as a punishment or a reward.
- Cakes, cookies, candy bars, chips and other high fat and calorie snack foods should not be stacked at home.
- Eating in front of the T.V. leads to overeating, so avoid it.
- At school and when you are out shopping encourage kids to use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Instead of ordering things home, walk the errands.
- Walk or run the pets regularly.
- Kids should play sports, ride bikes and keep themselves active.
- Eat together as a family as often as possible. And at restaurants eat in small portions and chew the food well.
- If kids cannot go out let them use your stationary bike or treadmill.
- Children should develop self-esteem. They should eat healthy food and respect and be proud of their bodies.
- Iron deficiency – impaired intellectual development.
- Vitamin A deficiency – lowers child’s immunity level.
- Vitamin-B-Complex deficiency – causes blood and neurological disorders.
- Zinc deficiency – causes diarrhea, lung problems and stunts growth.
- Iodine deficiency – causes mental impairment.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014